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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,240thMost Armed: 1,663rdMost Developed: 1,696th
The Still No Civil War of
Democratic Socialists
The Commando Program Doesn’t Exist
Senator Elaxan Rackham
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Civil Rights
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Economy
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Kathol Rift

Population4.618 billion

CapitalThe Citadel of Peace
LeaderSenator Elaxan Rackham

CurrencyChit
AnimalThunderbird

The Still No Civil War of Kathol Rift is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Senator Elaxan Rackham with an even hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 4.618 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel of Peace. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 980 trillion Chits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 212,413 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, people who have never eaten chicken are told it tastes a bit like crocodile, and the nation has declared war on all passing comets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Kathol Rift is ranked 23,628th in the world and 518th in the Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,033.61 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,240thMost Armed: 1,663rdMost Developed: 1,696thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,717thMost Patriotic: 1,749thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,866thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,994thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,041stHealthiest Citizens: 2,078thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,121stTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,469thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,661stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,850thLargest Governments: 2,900thSmartest Citizens: 3,200thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,055thMost Inclusive: 4,249thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,790thMost Secular: 5,634thHighest Average Incomes: 5,772ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,177thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,516thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,683rdBest Weather: 7,459thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,727thRudest Citizens: 8,005thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,257thHighest Food Quality: 8,438thMost Efficient Economies: 9,609thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,654thTop
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Most Influential: 12,234thMost Income Equality: 12,779thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,205thSafest: 15,867thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,118thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,246thHighest Economic Output: 19,494th
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Most Armed: 36th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 45th in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 47th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 48th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 49th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 61st in the regionMost Patriotic: 65th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 68th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionLargest Governments: 73rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 85th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 92nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 109th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 129th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 133rd in the regionMost Secular: 148th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 155th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 159th in the regionMost Influential: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 175th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 186th in the regionBest Weather: 193rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 205th in the regionRudest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 224th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 224th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 239th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 285th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 313th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 333rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 336th in the regionSafest: 474th in the regionMost Income Equality: 479th in the regionLargest Populations: 505th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 518th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kathol Rift lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Kathol Rift, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.
  • : Following new legislation in Kathol Rift, people who have never eaten chicken are told it tastes a bit like crocodile.
  • : Following new legislation in Kathol Rift, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Kathol Rift, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Kathol Rift lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Kathol Rift, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Kathol Rift lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Kathol Rift lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Kathol Rift lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.

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